Sue Gallagher, Director for MS Health Communication Program
The Master of Science in Health Communication provides students with a solid foundation in the science, theory, and practice of effective health communication in a population-based environment, as well as the basic elements of medicine, epidemiology and public health practice. Students learn to develop, deliver, and evaluate effective health promotion and disease prevention programs and campaigns; to disseminate health information; and to develop, formulate, implement and advocate for health policy initiatives. Graduates receive the skills and knowledge to assume a range of roles in diverse settings: biotech firms, federal agencies, foundations, health departments, hospitals, non profits and publishing companies. The program places a heavy emphasis on "hands-on" applied learning, with each student expected to complete an advanced level applied learning project in order to graduate.
While health communication ranges from one-on-one, such as patient-provider dialogue, to mass communication and the program addresses the full continuum, a public health approach to communication is emphasized.